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July 30, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I use CNC and laser engravers in my workshop, so PCs are also a big part of my workshop, not just my office. I have my main PC in my home office, and I have a Fusion5 tablet in my workshop that I use to control the machines. It's a great tablet for running the few applications I need. I previously had a cheap laptop but having a touch screen is so much easier when using these apps. So, my workflow for my shop is that I design the files in my main PC in the home office, then I move them to a O...
August 5, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Greetings, GalCiv IV fans! Over the last month, we have been hard at work turning out a new update to Galactic Civilizations IV for all of you. v0.45 released last week and focuses primarily on the ideology system. Let's take a look at what we added in the update! Before we get into it, though, please take note that this new update WILL break your saved games - sorry about that! We do our best to maintain game saves because we know how much time goes into them, but the new ideology system cha...
July 16, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
DeskScapes 11 is fantastic at bringing animated wallpapers to your Windows desktop, but it's also great at using and managing static wallpapers as well. Sometimes I don't want a fully animated desktop and would just prefer a more minimal setup. This is why lately I've been using triggered static .dreams that change based on the time of day. These are amazingly easy to make with DreamMaker, and we have added quite a few to the WinCustomize gallery also. What exactly are they? Well let's look a...
July 29, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
We all love a good hacker movie moment, right? The clock is ticking, the success of the mission or survival of the world hangs in the balance, and one lone computer-whiz whips their hands across the keyboard and watches a bunch of scrolling lines on a screen, then - BAM! Database hacked, world saved, let's all go have cake. Hacking in real life is significantly less exciting - usually because, as an average person, we're often on the receiving end of those hacks. If you've ever had a credit c...
July 22, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
In a world of media streaming, does Acoustic Bridge have a place anymore? I decided to play around with the program a bit and see some of the advantages it offered over streaming music directly to a device via an app like Spotify or YouTube. I admit, in general I tend to stream things from my phone and hook it up to external speakers either via bluetooth or an AV cable, so I wasn’t sure if I would be interested in anything Acoustic Bridge could do for me. Although I grab most of my m...
July 15, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Change is inevitable. ...hah, writing that first line just made me think of Thanos. The jerk. ANYWAY, like I was saying: change is inevitable. As humans, we are constantly seeking, learning, and applying new concepts that result in incredible innovations. It’s amazing to see how much has happened, specifically in tech, over the last decade or so.  Before I came to Stardock and found myself immersed more on the producer’s side of tech, I worked very heavily with the cons...
July 8, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I just looked at my Steam Library because I wanted to see how many games I have saved in it.  The answer? 260. Two hundred and sixty. That’s absurd. I suppose owning that many games isn’t absurd (or even unheard of - I am sure that number is small compared to some other game enthusiasts!). What’s really ridiculous (shameful, really!) is just how many of those games I haven’t actually played yet.  Of those 260 games, I have maybe played a quarter of them...
June 24, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Over the years, video games have sparked many debates regarding the welfare of kids who play them. From arguments that some games promote violence or discourage social growth all the way to how certain games might help ease anxiety, everyone seems to have an opinion on the topic. To complicate matters further, the answer is rather nuanced - there is no "right" or "wrong" in these arguments; often, the answer tends to come down to circumstances and a number of other variables. To be honest, I ...
July 1, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I grew up playing strategy games long before I knew what the genre itself was. My grandfather had acquired a copy of Warcraft for his PC and I spent many afternoons in his study to refrains of “Zug zug,” and “Dabu.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was hooked - I would be a gamer for the long haul. Now, nearly 30 years later, I’m immersed in games in a way that I would have never thought possible for myself. As I grew up, I gravitated more toward puzz...
June 3, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
WindowBlinds is one of our software products that has been around for quite a long time - longer than I've been at Stardock, at any rate! If you're unfamiliar with it, WindowBlinds allows you to customize the look and feel of your taskbar, window frames, and more. You can make your desktop look unique by choosing from several different styles and skins and adjusting them to suit your personal tastes. I think one of my absolute favorite features of WindowBlinds 10 is the randomization. If I li...
DeskScapes is a program designed to make it easy to have really cool Windows desktop backgrounds.  It doesn’t just manage wallpapers - it integrates native animated wallpaper support into Windows.  Version 11 includes a bunch of cool new things that make it pretty compelling for every PC user.  Here is a quick tour of some of those features. Part 1: The interfaceOnce installed, you access DeskScapes by right-clicking on your desktop. The interface is designe...
June 10, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I have been gaming online for a long time - since I was a teenager and Battle.net (I played a lot of Diablo II and Starcraft) was first a thing, in fact. Back then, the biggest thing I remember my parents being concerned about were mostly safety things: don’t give out your name or address, don’t share pictures, and for the love of all that is holy, don’t EVER agree to meet someone you’ve only met online. They’re not bad rules - they’re good rules, in fact! ...
April 29, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
If you had told me twenty years ago that the world would get to a point where thousands of people could tune in and watch people play a video game live just about anytime you want, I’d have called you crazy. And I definitely would have been wrong. When I pause to consider online streaming and all that it’s become, it really does just sort of leave me awestruck. I can’t believe how “on demand” things are now, from video and movie streaming services, all the way...
May 27, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
We’re all familiar with the idea of “comfort food,” right? For some people, that means a heaping plate full of homemade southern fried chicken, while for others it might be something as simple as tomato soup out of a can with some grilled cheese. Alternatively, some might not find food to be a comfort at all and may find some peace in other things. I think “comfort activities” covers the concept fairly well as a blanket term. In general, a comfort activity is ...
April 22, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Everyone has preferences in gaming. Some people prefer to play a game for some heart-pounding, fast-paced action. Others might enjoy something a little more serene, like a nice puzzle or “find it” game. Some play for the mechanics of the game itself, and others might play a game primarily for the story. There are lots of reasons that I play games, but one of the things that compels me the most about them is the story. The gameplay could be incredible, and I’d probably...